Andrew Nikiforuk is a long-time writer and activist, best known lately for his critiques of Alberta’s Tar Sands. He’s written for major publications like McLeans, the Toronto Star and the Tyee as well as being the author of many books including Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent, Saboteurs: Wiebo Ludwig’s War Against Big Oil and most recently, The Energy of Slaves: Oil and the New Servitude. He’ll be headed to Hamilton in a couple of weeks, as the speaker for the 8th annual Spirit of Red Hill Lecture, for a talk entitled Bitumen, Pipelines & the Petro State, on the night of Wednesday November 28th, 7:30, at the First Unitarian Church (170 Dundurn St. S.).

When discussing the Tar Sands, he has a lot to say. A native of Alberta himself, he’s researched extensively into the economic and environmental consequences, from leaking tailings ponds near the MacKenzie river delta to the difficulties involved in upgrading bitumen into synthetic crude. Rather than suggesting the “gigaproject” simply be halted, Nikiforuk argues for a “national debate on pace and scale” of the project, favouring a carbon tax to slow development as we transition to cleaner and more sustainable fuels. I won’t spoil too much of these videos or his upcoming lecture, except to say that they’re well worth a watch, and I hope to see ya on the 28th.

Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent – A general discussion of the Tar Sands and oil industry and their implications for the future of North America.

The Tar Sands and Fort Chipewyan – A talk from Ft. Chipewyan Alberta on what the Tar Sands mean to small, nearby northern communities.

Andrew Nikiforuk and Jeff Rubin discuss the Future of Oil – From TVO’s Big Ideas, a talk about the Peak Oil and the Tar Sands.

Andrew Nikiforuk debates Ezra Levant debate the Ethics of Alberta’s “Oil” Sands – A debate between between “dirty” and “ethical” oil, with Ezra Levant, one of Canada’s most outspoken and obnoxious conservatives.